Current Graduate Students
Heather MacArthur is working with Dr. Shields toward a dual-title PhD in Social Psychology and Women’s Studies. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender and emotion (e.g., how do gender stereotypes influence our perceptions of others’ emotion?), the consequences of sexist language and humor (e.g., what impact do sexist language and jokes have on women and men?), and feminist history and theory in psychology. For her Masters project, Heather investigated the effect on women of being referred to as “girls” in a job evaluation setting (e.g., does being called “girl” reduce women’s feelings of personal maturity and adultness?). She has also developed a line of research examining how gender stereotypes impact our perceptions of tears and crying behavior in others.
Kaitlin McCormick-Huhn (website) is fifth year dual-degree doctoral candidate in Psychology and Women’s Studies, working with Dr. Stephanie Shields. Her research focuses on the effects of gender stereotypes in the workplace, and the development of bias-reducing interventions. She is particularly interested in using an intersectionality framework to examine stereotypes about women's emotion at work. She previously received a B.A. in psychology from Boston University.
Lizbeth Kim is a 3rd-year doctoral candidate working with Dr. Stephanie Shields towards a dual-title degree in Social Psychology and Women's Studies. Her research examines how stereotypes about gender and emotions influence beliefs about social activism and prejudice confrontations on social media. She is also interested in the effects of media representation of underrepresented groups on feelings of belonging and motivation to engage in activist/civic behaviors. Lizbeth received her B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Affiliated Graduate Students
Robert Jenkins is a master’s student in the Counselor Education program with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health in Schools and Developing Communities. Robert is interested in clinical, and social psychology and the intersection of how subconscious beliefs influence daily interactions. He is also interested in examining the stigma of mental health disorders and how it affects minorities’ decisions to seek mental health counseling. In his free time Robert enjoys reading, playing tennis, basketball, video games, and practicing yoga.
Current Research Assistants
Marlana is a senior at the Pennsylvania State University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women Studies. She is interested in developmental psychology, gender psychology, social psychology, and an evolutionary and human perspective to psychology. In the future she plans to earn a PhD in School Psychology and begin practice with children. She is extremely passionate about social justice, sustainability, and working to create a better world for the youth. Aside from academics, she has a deep appreciation for music, dance, and art. In her free time she likes to cook, watch movies, and practice yoga and meditation.
Hannah is a senior in The Schreyer Honors College at Penn State double-majoring in Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Global & International Studies (Health & Environment focus) with minors in Psychology and History. She is passionate about positive psychology, feminist/gender psychology, and social cognitions of sex and power structures. She is also a proponent of gender bending societal norms. Hannah votes, recycles, and advocates for intersectional feminism. She also enjoys watching FRIENDS, reading anything written by Roxanne Gay, perusing farmers markets, eating spicy foods, traveling, and practicing yoga. After graduation, she hopes to work for a nonprofit that focuses on human/women’s rights and then to attend graduate school.
Fun fact: She was a competitive figure skater for most of her young life and still skates today!
Beverly Stokes, a junior at The Pennsylvania State University, is currently double majoring in Psychology and Criminology while minoring in Italian. She is most interested in social, feminist, correctional and abnormal psychology. After graduating, Beverly plans to take a year off to do missionary work in another country. Afterwards, she plans on going to graduate school to earn a PhD in Social Psychology. In the future, she hopes to be working with criminals and understanding their motivations and reasons for offending. Beverly also hopes to become an advocate for minority groups wrongfully imprisoned. On her free time, she likes to read, write, and watch Netflix. She is a part of a couple clubs at PSU including, Alpha Omega campus ministry and The Underground, B.O.T.H. (Blends of Traditional Heritages).